Banjoist who wrote popular songs that were performed in east coast saloons and dance halls. It is not known how he contracted Hansen's disease, and he himself was unaware he had it for many years, explaining to audiences that the growths on his face were caused by alcoholism. He lost a finger while strumming during a performance in Providence, and was diagnosed with Hansen's shortly afterwards. Jackson published about 40 songs in his lifetime, a few of which became 19th century popular standards. He is the first American with Hansen's disease to have had an impact on popular culture.
Folk Musician